NHL Trade Deadline: Upcoming UFAs Teams Can't Afford to Lose for Nothing

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NHL Trade Deadline: Upcoming UFAs Teams Can't Afford to Lose for Nothing
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The NHL trade deadline is 20 days away and there are many teams with upcoming unrestricted free agents (UFAs) who could be lost in the summer for nothing if they aren't re-signed or traded before April 3.

Making the decision to trade an upcoming UFA or keep him with the hopes of reaching a contract extension is a tricky one, especially if your club is fighting for a playoff spot or has a realistic chance of winning the Stanley Cup.

At last year's trade deadline, the New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators chose to keep their superstar UFAs (Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, respectively) and make a championship run. Both players departed in free agency, and as a result, left both clubs with huge holes in their roster to fill.

Let's take a look at five upcoming UFAs who teams cannot afford to lose for nothing in free agency.

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